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John Peters

RAF pilot captured by the Iraqis during Gulf War

Fighter pilot, businessman and business adviser.  John Peters is a speaker with an international reputation and is seamlessly able to relate the high-performance fighter pilot mindset to organisational excellence to improve your business.  As a business consultant, he has worked internationally and brings a global perspective at the sharp edge of performance; both from when things go badly, (Black Box), to when it is required to push performance to the max to (Blue Skies).

To operate in a global economy, business leaders need grit: resilience and adaptability.  John covers the dark and the light of performing under pressure when the stakes are high.  In air combat, maximum performance is right on the edge of failure.

John Peters came to the world’s attention in January 1991, when his bruised and battered face flashed onto television screens around the world.  It was his disfigured image that became a potent symbol of Saddam Hussein’s ruthless aggression.  His dramatic and sometimes harrowing experiences reach deep into our innermost minds, showing us how we can overcome even our worst fears and nightmares.  His war was not all as he expected – it became a seven-week ordeal of torture and interrogation testing John Peters to the absolute limit and bringing him close to death.

John is an experienced speaker of international repute to corporates, public sector and charities.  He has spoken in front of Her Majesty, The Queen and Prince Philip, followed Mr Nelson Mandela on stage in South Africa and Heads of State.  He has written two best-selling books and the documentary, ‘Tornado Down’ was Independent Documentary of the Year and a BAFTA Award Nominee.  He has extensive international TV, radio, PR and media experience.

 “At the extreme you discover your own humanity. There is a tranquillity and honesty in this reflection.  Calmly you accept where you are, accept your weaknesses, and it is in that moment you truly understand yourself.  Then you begin to win.  No should have, could haves…you start to learn and adapt to whatever challenge.  You will always make mistakes, you are human, but you realise that your power rests in the speed at which you learn…”

He helps leaders build the resilience they need to perform under pressure in a global world: how to deal with unexpected surprise in a tsunami of change.  How do you develop the Survivor Personality where you not only survive but thrive?  Are you evolving to deal with these uncertainties, or are you just repeating your old success formula?  Far from a doom and gloom merchant, his innate humour and timing are infectious, with an approach that is personal, emotive and challenging. John will challenge you to reflect upon how you lead, how to deal with uncertainty and chaos, turning the F-word into opportunity and renewal.  Using his Gulf War, POW experience, international media exposure, award-winning Human Factors development programme in high-performance aviation and 18 years consultancy business, John will explore the mind-set on how to deal with uncertainty and how to “Lead on the Edge”.

In a reflective, provocative and inclusive speech, John explores how he overcame his Prisoner of War ordeal and faced death.   Far from a story of doom and gloom, he uses humour and candour, which is both personal, emotive and challenging.   Using his experiences, he provides a personal view on resilience, and how to turn impossible…to possible.   A business adviser since 2000, he relates his experiences to challenge audiences to reflect on how they change out-dated success habits that are no longer relevant in a changing world.

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What value do you create for others?

The theory was that recessions promote more dog-eat-dog style behaviour, and therefore less collaboration. Research has found a clear correlation between the wider economy and a belief that success is ‘zero-sum’. All of which underlines the importance of creating the right culture so that collaborative behaviours flourish even when employees are sorely tempted to look out for number one.

Using examples from Aviation, Medicine, Law and High-Performance Sport, this speech highlights the power of collaboration, what behaviours generate the best collaboration why collaborative cultures achieve better performance.

• Why be collaborative?
• Silos Kill Businesses
• Collaborative vs Performance…Driving workplace agility
• Human Factors – Speed; Depth and Breadth of Learning: Only everyone knows the right answer.
• Learning from Chickens: Red Zone vs Green Zone
• What makes a collaborative leader?
• Tips to Build Collaborative Culture: Real-world examples

The human face of war

In a reflective, provocative and inclusive speech, John explores how he overcame his Prisoner of War ordeal and faced death.   Far from a story of doom and gloom, he uses humour and candour, which is both personal, emotive and challenging.   Using his experiences, he provides a personal view on resilience, and how to turn impossible…to possible.   A business adviser since 2000, he relates his experiences to challenge audiences to reflect on how they change out-dated success habits that are no longer relevant in a changing world.

Leadership: Resilience in Turbulent Times

With an overview of John's experience as a POW , he looks at the challenges facing contemporary leaders and how the pressures of uncertainty are affecting people using the latest research from CMI. Exploring how as leaders you can set the culture, how their character affects everyone and how to be able to create adaptive organisations making the business brain learn faster. John's innovative in his approach and is very credible as an expert in the subject, using his own experiences to excellent affect.

The response to your talk has been outstanding. The delegates were deeply moved by your experiences and they have been left with a lasting impression of your bravery and determination. Were it not for your own contribution, we could not have delivered such a successful day - none of us will ever forget the story you had to tell and we all feel immensely privileged to have met you

RBS

I have seen some speakers in my time, but you are the first to provide a presentation that was truly overwhelming. You came across as one of us, a real person and the way you delivered your amazing story and experiences touched the whole audience, as the content was relevant to every single person. It was powerful stuff and I felt very privileged to have even been there.

The Newspaper Society

I have never seen the officer cadets so obviously captivated before: it is a feat in itself to keep them awake, but to maintain their interest is almost unheard of! It is only the second time that I've ever heard the cadets give such a prolonged ovation to a speaker at Sandhurst.

The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

There was no one in the room that wasn't one minute moved to tears, the next gasping or laughing. I know I was riveted throughout your presentation. You have a great sense of humour as well as real humility. It was a truly a memorable experience reach of us at the event.

Stanley

Publications

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Tornado Down

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  • UK:

    £3k to £7k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

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  • United Kingdom

Languages

English

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